A discussion of interesting books from my current stock A site


December 2020

EROTOMANIA or A treatise discoursing of the essence, causes, symptomes, prognosticks, and cure of love, or Erotiqve melancholy. Written by Iames Ferrand Dr. of Physick

Jacques Ferrand (b. ca. 1575) EROTOMANIA, OR A TREATISE DISCOURSING OF THE ESSENCE, CAUSES, SYMPTOMES, PROGNOSTICKS, AND CURE OF LOVE, OR EROTIQUE MELANCHOLY. (Oxford: Printed by L. Lichfield, 1640).                      ... Continue Reading →

A little more than a little of everything! . A trip to Paris;view=fulltext 450J  LISTER, Martin (1638?-1712) A Journey To Paris In The Year 1698 London: printed for Jacob Tonson at the Judges-Head near the Inner-Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet, and at Gray’s-Inn-Gate in Gray’s-Inn-Lane , 1699.                 $1,800 Octavo  7 ½ x 4 ¾ inches  A4,... Continue Reading →

A few interesting Bibles 1500-1611

I've decided to list them chronologically, [not by size or language or (God forgive me, Importance)  or Price, or where they are on my shelf....while slightly arbitrary, it has some sense to it, I hope.]  Please enjoy. Happy Holidays and... Continue Reading →

In defence of misspelling

To All who have read my Blog, or any other of my writing you all know my position on this! Thank you for writing it Christian.


Although writing was invented over 5,000 years ago, orthographical standards and the strict rules governing how words are written are quite a recent development. Ancient scribes didn’t much care about spelling. The manuscript cultures of the past were rather liberal about the way words ought to be written. Many words in ancient Greek and Latin, for instance, existed in multiple spellings without anyone worrying about errors and mistakes.

Ancient poetry cared more about meter than about spelling. An incorrect verse was one where the words didn’t ‘scan’, meaning that they didn’t fit the poetic pattern that the author had intended. But as long as spelling didn’t interfere with meter, variant forms of a word were allowed to co-exist, sometimes even in the same text. When the scholars of ancient Alexandria standardised Homer’s epic poems, they legislated on the right sequence of words, not on their spelling. It was only after…

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LUCRETIUS two editions!

§§ “Happy is he who has discovered the causes of things and has cast beneath his feet all fears, unavoidable fate, and the din of the devouring Underworld.”  VIRGIL 5). 393J Lucretius THE LAST BOOK PUBLISHED BY ALDUS . Venice:... Continue Reading →

From Anaximander to Alexa

It is always good to think about the presocratics Anaximander and Thales …..”Philosophical man is a “new cultural configuration” based in stepping back from “pregiven tradition” and taking up a rational “inquiry into what is true in itself;” that is, an ideal of truth. It begins with isolated individuals such as Thales, but they are supported and cooperated with as time goes on. Finally the ideal transforms the norms of society, leaping across national borders.


Hey, Alexa, what’s the origin of scientific thinking?

In the 6th century BC, Miletus may have been a small Greek city on the Ionian coast, but some people there were thinking big ideas. Thales has widely been regarded as the father of philosophy, even though most of us today remember him for his theorem. More important than his personal contribution to thinking and the history of philosophy, however, was the establishment of a school of thought indebted to him: the Milesian school, home to the first Presocratic thinkers. The philosopher Anaximander, also from Miletus, was one of Thales’ closest disciples – and a name Alexa should be well-acquainted with.

The history of science in the West starts with the Milesian school and with Anaximander. The latter is said to have produced the first map of the known world, the archetype of all subsequent mappaemundi, Europe at the top, Asia…

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Teaching the History of the book. An Incunabulum which has many teachable examples of the stages book production in the 15th century.

In a contemporary binding Signed by the binder.      Nicolaus Seman of Erfurt 437J Augustine, Aurelius. (Comm: Thomas Waleys or Valois  and Nicolaus Trivet ) Basel: Michael Wenssler [and Bernhard Richel] March 25, 1479.        $26,000    Royal Folio:  46.2 x 33 cm. [A very large... Continue Reading →

A bakers dozen of English verse from 1631-702

  Charles Cotton    1630-1687 William Davenant, 1606-1668 Sir John Davies 1569-1626 John Donne. 1571/2-1631 Michael Drayton 1563-1631 Lord Brooke Fluke Greville 1554-1628 George Herbert (1593-1633) George Herbert (1593-1633) Benjamin Jonson ca. 1572-1637 Nicholas Ling, ed fl. ca. 1599 Nicholas Ling, ed fl. ca. 1599 Sir John  Suckling  1609-1642 Robert  Wild   1609-1679     118F     Charles Cotton    […]

First Printed edition of “One of the earliest printed books on the ars memorativa or mnemotechnics” . . ca.1480

367J Petrus de Rosenheim. (1380-1432). Nom probable : Petrus Wiechs [incipt Roseum memoriale divinorum eloquiorum] /   [Köln] : [Southern Germany :, about 1480-90?] or [Cologne? :, about 1483] or [Ludwig von Renchen?], 1483 Deutschland (Oberrhein?).  $13,000  Quarto (190... Continue Reading →

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